'POPPET' (recently known as 'MAHOPAK II') is a 'Leisure 17' sailing boat built by Cobramould in Essex in approximately 1969/70.
The owner of the boatyard where she is presently being stored fondly remembers a previous owner undertaking an annual return trip from Essex to Holland.
Whilst cleaning the gelcoat on the topsides a previous name of 'Lovely Lass' could be seen. Unfortunately little else is known about her history.
A Leisure 17 was chosen as the project boat for several reasons: large production numbers meant a negotiable purchase price and a good availability of spares and knowledge from the Leisure Owners Association, she was local to inspect and purchase, and the L17 model has a recorded history of making an Atlantic crossing in 1968/69 when one was sailed by John Adam, whom later on went on to start the WindPilot brand self-steering system.
The boat was stripped back of all its fittings and components to a bare hull at the beginning of 2020 ready for a full refit and some upgrades. This will help to ensure that the boat is safe for an Atlantic Crossing in 2021. More information about the fit out and works will be included in the blog.
Leisure 17 Specification
Length Overall - 5.18m (17ft)
Length Waterline - 4.27m (14ft)
Beam - 2.13m (7ft)
Draft (Twin Keel) - 0.65m (2ft 2in)
Displacement - 670kg (1476lbs)
Keel mass 250kg (550lbs)
Ballast Ratio 37%
Mast Length - 6.1m (20ft)
Mainsail - 7.7m2 (83ft2)
Working Jib - 6m2 (65ft2)
No.1 Jib - 7.9m2 (85ft2)
No.1 Storm Jib - 3.7m2 (40ft2)
Genoa - 9.3m2 (100ft2)
No.1 Spinnaker - 19.3m2 (208ft2)
No.2 Spinnaker - 32.5m2 (350ft2)